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Five Ideas: How to Thrive in 2013

Business gurus offer advice for making this your best year yet

January 2013

Looking for expert insight on how to get ahead in 2013? We asked the authors of some of our favorite business book authors to suggest resolutions that can help business leaders get ahead. Read their advice about how get a handle on top trends, like mobile and social media, and also find out what they had to say about how to become more productive and passionate about work.

“As we contemplate 2013 with hope and ambition, I encourage you to let go of the resolutions and look upon 2013 as a dreamer looks upon the universe—with questioning eyes, an open heart and the burning will to create and work towards something truly meaningful. The dreamer doesn't create lists of what she won't do; she creates a vision of what she will do, regardless of the external barriers. She sets out to create impact greater than herself and does so for no other reason than passion itself. Fuel your own burning curiosities as all dreamers do and begin the year on a quest to really stand for something which fuels your greatest passions. Life is really too short to do otherwise.” —Gina Rudan, author, Practical Genius

“I think resolutions are overrated, but inventory is underrated. Think about yourself a year ago and how trusted, respected and connected you were compared to today. Did you move in the right direction? And if you take an inventory of where you are today, it might make it easier to be mindful of where you are year from now. It's so easy to yearn for a perfect future, but I think it's way more effective to be aware of how you grew.” —Seth Godin, author, V is for Vulnerable

“My resolution is to stop talking about 'mobile' and focus on the more inclusive and relevant term 'connected screens.' More importantly, to focus on the 'space' between these connected screens. Undoubtedly, the connections between these media touch points have as much value as the content on the screens. This drives incremental engagement, commerce and general brand fluidity.” —Gary Schwartz, author of The Impulse Economy and Fast Shopper, Slow Store

“Where does anyone get time to do social media? You might have a sense that a socially connected world is going to be increasingly important (it is!) but your dance card is already pretty full. For you as an individual, it doesn't have to be a chore. Find the five most meaningful blogs in the world (to you) and follow them regularly. Then, simply read. When the spirit moves you to comment or share, then comment or share. Then, you won't be doing it because it's a task, but because you'd be connecting to a wider world concerned with matters that you're passionate about.” —Ric Dragon, author, Social Marketology

“I really encourage people to stop being so over scheduled. They need to block off time for themselves where they’re disconnected on purpose: no email, no cell phone, no texting, no connections at all so you can have a pocket of quietude to think. And the point during that time is to be engaged in disciplined thought” —Jim Collins, author, Great By Choice

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